Fatah vows to “continue its struggle” until they succeed in "cancelling" the "ominous" Balfour Declaration
Headline: “104 years since the ominous ‘Balfour Declaration’”
“Today, November 2, [2021,] is the 104th anniversary of the issuing of the ominous ‘Balfour Declaration,’ by force of which Britain gave the Jews the right to establish a national home in Palestine.
‘The Balfour Declaration’ was tantamount to the first step of the West on the path to establishing an entity for the Jews on the land of Palestine, while responding to the desires of global Zionism at the expense of a people that has been planted in this land for thousands of years (sic., the Palestinians have no history prior to the modern period).
The Fatah Movement emphasized that the ominous Balfour Declaration is not a decree of fate, and that our people will continue its struggle until it cancels the falsification of history, its consequences, and the negation of our right to self-determination in our homeland, Palestine…
[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates [Riyad Al-Malki’s] Political Advisor and Ambassador Ahmed Al-Dik said that the diplomatic efforts are continuing for implementation of the official Palestinian position regarding the demand that Britain apologize to our people for the ominous Balfour Declaration…
In a statement, Al-Dik called on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine as an additional part of its atonement for the act of aggression and crime that it committed against our people, and for the suffering and historical injustice that were caused to it and are still continuing.”
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that "His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate "responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.